Vadim Karatayev

PhD, Ecology, 2014
B.S, Biology, Cornell University, 2014

Research Interests

  • I am most excited about using ecological models and statistics to understand the dominant mechanisms governing the dynamics of aquatic systems. My research focuses firstly on exploring how processes commonly found in nature like nontrophic interactions, dispersal, and environmental stochasticity, affect community dynamics using carefully parameterized, system-specific models. The other, equally important, theme of my research is applying these and other existing ideas in theoretical and quantitative ecology to long-term datasets, using model selection and statistics to elucidate the deterministic backbone underlying the observed population or community dynamics. As lakes, streams, and coastal marine systems are hotspots of both human activity and biotic diversity, figuring out how these systems work to facilitate their management and conservation drives my research.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Integrative Ecology

Major Professor

  • Baskett

Current Degree

  • PhD


  • Environmental Science and Policy